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The Tea Chest by [Moon, Josephine]
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Josephine Moon is a rising star. Courier Mail The Tea Chest is an engaging blend of friendship and family with a dollop of adversity. This is a warming read, which is perfect to curl up with this summer Novelicious It's perfect for holidays or journeys where you can sit back and devour it in one go. It might just make you more adventurous in your choice of tea too. Newbooks

About the Author

Josephine Moon lives with her husband and son, and their extraordinarily large and diverse animal family, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She has a passion for horses, imported fine chocolate and gourmet teas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1200 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (26 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I3W8X74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 266 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By ElaineG TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a review of the kindle version and I have to point out first of all that this version “opens” at page one of chapter one, but you really need then to arrow back right to the start of the book to read the prologue – if you don’t read this, then the first part of the book in particular will just feel confusing. This is a story that does tend to jump around a bit with flashbacks inserted into it, and sometimes the end of those flashbacks are not clearly defined, especially in the first few chapters, which also confused me a bit!

That’s the bad stuff, onto the good – I did enjoy this read. The story of four women brought together in London to open The Tea Chest, the third store in the specialist tea chain (the other two being in Australia). It is a nice, fun, easy to read story. As we watch the women prepare for the grand opening, we also delve into their personal lives, Kate, Leila and Elizabeth have all left people behind in Australia, and the flashbacks in particular reveal how each one came to be in London and why.

It is a fun story that is romantic at times, but it is mostly about four women pulling together against the odds to achieve a dream and, boy, do they have to pull together to get the store open. From day one, those odds seem stacked against them and it will soon become a question of not “when” the shop will open but “if”.

On the whole, I have to say, this is a really fun read.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Kate Fullerton loves her job as a tea designer for The Tea Chest, she spends her days dreaming up all sorts of delectable tea treats for her discerning customers in the beautiful surroundings created by her boss Simone. Combined with her husband's successful career and their small family, life seems good.

After Simone's tragic and unexpected death, Kate finds herself the owner of a half-share in The Tea Chest and is determined to realise Simone's dream of opening a branch in London - the other side of the world. Enter Judy - the other part-owner of the business. Judy has very different plans for the future of the shops, she'd like to sell up and get out. Kate is no business woman, she's creative, a designer - but she also shares Simone's vision and makes the huge decision to fly across the world to make the dream a reality.

Kate meets the other two main characters in this story; Leila and Elizabeth, and between them they face the challenge of converting what can only be described as a dump of a shop into a welcoming tea shop - that makes a profit. Along the way they deal with arrogant contractors, neighbours who would rather not have any competition, dodgy labour and frightening financiers, as well as dealing with their own individual problems.

Josephine Moon blends her story as well as Kate blends her tea. There is humour, and there are tears. Each woman has their own individual voice that adds layers to the story, increasing the depth of the plot. The reader is also let into the back story of Judy and Simone, which explains just why Judy takes the stand that she does. To be honest, I felt as though that part was sometimes a little distracting, but it did help to understand Judy's personality somewhat.

A good debut from Josephine Moon; the tea-room setting and the detailed description of tea blending is a refreshing change from the high-flying office block settings of many novels of this genre.
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Format: Paperback
When Kate Fullerton finds out that she has inherited a half share in The Tea Chest (a unique store that offers special blends of tea to customers in search of the right chai) she leaves her family in Australia and travels to the shop in London.
Kate is intent on making the shop a success but she isn’t expecting to discover that it is in jeopardy.
Even the tea leaves couldn’t foresee a part owner wanting to sell and the financial burden this inheritance could be.
Thankfully for Kate her path crosses with Leila Morton and Elizabeth Clancy and the three of them embark on making The Tea Chest a success.
But with interfering Lady Heavensfield and the London Riots, will the shop survive?

The story is packed with a wonderful blend of characters.

From the soothing Mark (Kate’s husband) who was a huge support to her and was always focusing on making their lives better,

To the blossoming character that is Victoria (Elizabeth’s sister) , a character that was a joy to read and see develop her confidence, as she discovered what a lovely person she is.

But like with some tea’s, you get the bitter and potent characters like Judy, an aggressive and nasty character, who enjoyed making people feel bad about themselves.

Josephine Moon has penned a thoroughly gripping read that will keep you captivated from beginning to end whilst sharing in the dynamics of a wonderful friendship!
A debut that will warm you soul and calm your nerves, better than a cuppa because it lasts longer!
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This is a lovely book, the story of four people who come together with individual stories interwoven throughout.
The descriptions were wonderful and you could almost smell the teas described.
It led gently without any harshness that made you want to keep turning the pages. Highly recommended
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The author present us with a fine cast of characters, the most important and strong of which are women. Although one or two of the characters did seem a little two dimensional at first, the book is well-crafted and returns to fill them out at a later stage, so that we finally find some sympathy even with the 'baddies'.

The plot moves along at a pace and has some clever twists and turns along the way.

It's not the sort of book I usually choose, though I read an interview with the author in an Australian newspaper while in the country and that's what made me give it a try. It is a fine accomplishment for a first book - recommended!
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